New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium on Wednesday with nothing but smiles and rosy cheeks as he addressed the media during the first of his annual mid-week press conferences of 2012. Actually, no … we kid. In last place in the NFC East at 0-1, coach Coughlin wasn't an overly happy man, but was anxious to look ahead to Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“None of us have slept well. I hope the whole room is full of people that didn’t sleep well. That’s the point," Coughlin said.
Like Justin Tuck, rookie running back David Wilson is another of many players (and coaches) having suffered from some recently sleepless nights. But will he get another opportunity this Sunday after coughing up a bad fumble last Wednesday night? In other words, if he out of the Coughlin dog house?
“Well, he’s a little out of the doghouse,” Coughlin said. "He’s anxious to do right."
Then, of course, there are the injuries. Oh, the injuries. The Giants' pre-practice injury report read more like their depth chart, but safety Kenny Phillips, linebacker Michael Boley and left tackle Will Beatty were noticeably absent from it. The full list below:
Coughlin noted that the Baas injury is a "nagging" issue, while Rivers, Amukamara and Austin would be limited today. Also, at the start of practice, Nicks was not doing individual drills and was spotted riding the stationary bike.
But back to Beatty not being listed on the pre-practice injury report…
“He will continue to progress the way we’ve been bringing him along with the number of snaps he gets,” Coughlin said, “and again trying to make up for all the lost time.”
The coach, however, would not indicate whether or not Beatty would start this Sunday – something the left tackle has already said he's ready to do.
Finally, Coughlin said he's spent some time watching Rutgers fill recently so that he can get a feel for Greg Schiano and his system.
"We watched all the Rutgers film in all three phases, of course we watched all the preseason games,'' Coughlin said. "They continue to have a good scheme.''
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